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How to Help Netherland Dwarf Rabbits Adjust to a New Home
Simple tips to make your new pet bunny at home in no time
Rabbits are very gentle pets if well settled in else having them in a new environment could pose as a big challenge. This is more so if they were born far away from their new home. Here are a few tips that will help you make your new rabbit comfortable. These tips will ensure that within a few days, the rabbit shall have acclimatized to the new environment.
The rabbit hutch
The rabbit hutch if outside should provide a lot of space. This room ensures that the rabbit can move around freely. The restricted surrounding also gives the rabbit an opportunity to start with a small environment without exploring the external one. Let the hutch be a storey with at least two compartments. There rooms within the hutch, will ensure that the rabbit has a pot to hide in when feeling threatened. During the first few days, the rabbit will want to hide from people and other pets. Allow him to do so within his cage. This way, he will have more control on the rate at which it interacts with its new environment. The stress levels will therefore be low for the rabbit.
Feed them well
A rabbit that is well fed becomes healthy. There is nothing worse than a stressed and hungry rabbit. This can take life out of your new rabbit within a few days. Just as humans get some level of satisfaction while eating, provide your rabbit with some of the best rabbit foods. Energy giving foods will make your rabbit more energetic. This way, the rabbit will want to move around and explore his space. Introduce a feeding program that incorporates time intervals while alternating type of food. This routine will be the first thing that the rabbit will learn this will also help you to customize the rabbits mind to your schedule.
Keep them warm for a cold season
You will need to do more in a cold season. If you introduce a new bunny to your home you must have some tiny warm blankets to cover them with. Irrespective of the season, young rabbit will experience cold nights. As much as they have furs, the can shiver from cold. Young rabbits have less fur compared to old ones with well- established thick skin. You can put a warm blanket at a corner in the rabbit’s hutch or cage. The rabbit is intelligent enough to go to this area when he feels cold.
As often as possible you need to take off the mind of the new rabbit away from the new environment. Help the rabbit have fun by getting some toys. Some of these toys, you will not need to buy. You can improvise by introducing pegs and ropes to the rabbit. These will help the rabbit to find something to chew on. Their teeth will be strengthened and sharpened. Playing also makes the rabbit happier in his new environment. He will feel that he does not need to shy away from doing the things he enjoys.
Entertain on swings
Sleep is beautiful and rejuvenates the rabbit. Add some fun to your rabbit’s cage by introducing a swing. A swing made of soft loosely fitted cloth on one corner will provide therapy to your rabbit. Most rabbits have been reported to calm down better when placed on a swing. The peace of a swing is beneficial to the mind. The swing also helps your rabbit to fall asleep comfortably. Since rabbits spend a lot of time cuddling and sleeping, providing a swing will be a special treat to your new rabbit.
Play with them
The personal touch between you and your rabbit can not be replaced by anything. You are the first contact that the rabbit has with the new family. Since you will be introducing the rabbit to the family and taking care of him solely for the first few days, you will need to learn how to communicate with him. To be able to understand your rabbit, you should pay close attention to him, especially when he is new. This close relationship will help you to identify problems when they set in with your rabbit. For example if a rabbit is sick, how will you know if you rarely interact with him. Touch him, and carry him, talk to him in soft voices and reassure him of your protection. Your voice will become a great consolation to the new rabbit.
Introduce other house pets to them slowly
Now that your rabbit has a good cage or hutch that he likes and he feeds well and trusts you. It is time to take the next and final step. Open the cage of the rabbit and allow him to come outside. Do not force him. Let this be gradual. Some rabbits may pop out fast while others may stay inside. When he is comfortable with exploring his external environment, then you can gradually introduce other house pets.